The Close Alternative Hearing Aid has been dreamed up to assist those who are hearing impaired. People who suffer from some degree of deafness are often extra sensitive to the vibrations that accompany noise, and this consideration is precisely what drove the design of this concept device.
The electronic bracelet does not actually have an aural component for its user to wear; the reception, conversion and expression of sounds is all done around one's wrist. Liang Wenshan, Zhengmu Fang and Liu Junming came up with a sleek band that could visually pass for a cutting-edge smartwatch. Microphones in the Close Alternative Hearing Aid pick up all sorts of auditory information and turn it into vibrations against the skin. Mimicking the same patterns of speech, this system offers a gentler way to bestow the often startling experience of amplified sound.